An ol' fishing partner, Mac Rice and I took a trip to the Big "O" last Wednesday and had a banner day, one that you get once in a while and one that you want everyone to know about.
Okeechobee has really been a hot lake this whole summer it's just difficult to fish much after noon because of the heat.
Last Wednesday was almost the same but because the fish were biting so good we stayed an extra hour or so and it was worth every drop of sweat we shed.
We stated fishing around 7:30 a.m. and were off the water at 1:45 p.m. and the best we could count we had landed 53 bass and lost nearly as many.
You know you have had a good day when your thumb is raw from taking the hooks out of your catch.
Many of the fish were on the small side; about 12- 15 inches, several were in the 16- 20 inches and then we had three that were more than 20-inches and probably 5-6 pounds. We caught them on a line of Hydrila in 4-inches of water using Senkos, Skinny Dippers and worms.
The water temperature has dropped a couple of degrees... I had a reading of 79.7 degrees. We found that the slower we worked our bait the more bites we got. The color of the bait really didn't matter as long as it had some red in it.
We had a chance to talk with another boat and they said that they were having a good day also.
We also fished at Lake Marian as did Greg Harp and Mike Bell and the fishing there was not nearly a good, although we did see several boats catching speckled perch.
With the cooler weather coming, put on a jacket and get yourself out on your favorite lake and catch that big'un . You're not going to find a much better time to do so.
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.